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Rev Med Chil. 2012 Sep;140(9):1164-9. doi: 10.4067/S0034-98872012000900009.

Cardiovascular fitness and cardiovascular risk factors among obese men and women aged 58 years and older, in Portugal.

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  • 1Department of Physical Education, Center of Science and Technology, Presidente Prudente, UNESP, Brazil.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A better physical fitness may have survival advantages in adults.

AIM:

To analyze the relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiovascular risk factors among obese subjects aged 58 years and older.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

Cardiorespiratory fitness using the six-minute walk test, body composition by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry and blood pressure were measured in a non-representative sample of 76 obese Portuguese subjects aged 58 to 87 years (55 women). Participants were stratified in tertiles of walking capacity according to the six-minute walk test.

RESULTS:

Six minutes walk test results were negatively correlated with percentage body fat (r = -0.28; p = 0.012) and systolic blood pressure (r = -0.23; p = 0.045). Participants located in the lowest tertile for the six minutes walk test had an odds ratio of 4.34 (95% confidence intervals: 1.02-18.43) for elevated blood pressure.

CONCLUSIONS:

A lower six minutes walk test result is associated with a higher risk for high blood pressure.

PMID:
23354638
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